New England Patriots sign TE Kellen Winslow
In an effort to replace tight end (TE) Aaron Hernandez, who was hurt in the Patriots loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the New England Patriots signed TE Kellen Winslow to a one-year deal on Tuesday.
Winslow’s agent Denise White of EAG Sports Management tweeted the news Tuesday morning.
Congrats to our client @kellenwinslowjr for signing with the Patriots!!!
— Denise White (@DeniseWhite_EAG) September 18, 2012
Winslow, 29, worked out for the team earlier this month on September 5, but the Patriots opted to sign TE Michael Hoomanawanui instead. Contradicting to multiple earlier reports, Winslow did not fail his physical on September 5 with the team, according to ESPN.
Winslow will likely be paired with Pro Bowler Rob Gronkowski, which will allow the Patriots to continue running their signature two-tight end sets. Winslow has a similar skill set to Hernandez.
CBS Sports reported that Hernandez suffered a low right ankle sprain in the first quarter when blocking for wide receiver Julian Edelman. The injury is not as severe as earlier believed, but he will still miss time.
Hernandez will not play this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Last season, Winslow caught 75 passes for 763 yards and scored two touchdowns with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.